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    EF Gap Semester in Europe (The Pathfinder)

    Details

    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destinations: France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
    • Credit Awarded: College
    • Program Length: Semester
    • Start Month: February, September
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Hotel
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Affiliation: Gap Year Association
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
    • Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
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    Overview

    Explore Europe, ignite your passions, and discover your path forward. The Pathfinder is perfect for the hands-on learner who wants to dip their toes into a lot of different things to figure out what might be next for them in life. Travel to seven different countries and immerse yourself in the cultures, diving into subjects like environmental science, food, fashion, and more. You’ll return home with confidence in your direction and a passport packed with stamps.

    Start this 10 week program in the international city and economic hub of England for orientation where you get to explore the city, get to know your cohort, and learn about global business and healthcare. Then, visit Normandy and Paris to see history come alive and discover France's rich art, architecture, and fashion scene. From there, visit Spain and Portugal to learn about sports culture and art/architecture. Head to Germany to jump into urban sustainability and history before romping through the mountains of Switzerland. Finally, end your program in Italy, where you'll visit Florence and Rome and eat all the Italian food your heart desires! You'll be supported by a full-time EF Field Director and Student Life Coordinator throughout your entire program.

    Reviews (1)

    • I attended the EF Gap...
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      Reviewed on May/01/2023 by Chloe Love

      I attended the EF Gap finder as a fresh college graduate and this program was everything I could've wished it could be. Although many of my fellow travelers were recent high school graduates, we all came from many different walks of life. This program was perfectly structured to ensure we saw the many highlights that the various European cities had to offer. From seeing the Northern Lights, to taking a cruise along the Seine river overlooking the Eiffel Tower, to tasting authentic Parmesan cheese in the Parma Region of Italy it was perfect. Not only did I learn so much about all of these amazing places, I made incredible lifelong friends who I continue to keep in touch with and am making plans to see again very soon. EF took care of everything so I could sit back and enjoy my trip knowing that everything would be taken care of. The trip was a perfect combination of structured activities and free days, in which you can spend how you choose, which included for me a trip to Stonehenge and a day trip to Dresden in Germany. I would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to travel, even if they had no real prior travel experience. I would relive my gap semester again in a heartbeat.